Kids Help Make a Happy, Heaping Holiday Food Pantry

Dec192014

Kids Help Make a Happy, Heaping Holiday Food Pantry

 

foodpantrydec 120Tables full of of food spilled out into the hallway at the Lansing Food Pantry in The FIELD Saturday as kids from local soccer clubs and Kids In Action Now (KANS) helped sort and box cartloads of food and other items.  The December food pantry distribution day is traditionally a special day, including turkeys and chickens for holiday dinners, as well as more food than usual.

"We get a ton of food in before the food pantry on Monday," says Kids In Action Now Advisor Bonnie Blair.  "There is an overwhelming amount of food -- an overwhelming amount of generosity.  We have cart loads from Lansing Market.  We have decorated boxes from the Elementary School food train.  Some of the food pantry clients love to take those boxes home."

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Lansing Trees For Troops Reach Afghanistan

Dec192014

Lansing Trees For Troops Reach Afghanistan

 

OpsGangChristmasUS Navy Lieutenant Commander Craig A Hennings wrote Richard and Kay Moore of Lansing's Moore Tree Farm a thank you for the Christmas tree they sent with ornaments from Lansing cub scouts. "We received the Christmas Tree at our camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. We want to say THANK YOU for sending it. The tree from New York brings us warmth and love. It makes us feel a little closer to the USA, and to the families we left behind. We even have presents around the tree now. We all love it!"


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Legislature Pays Tribute to Howell, Marcham

Dec192014

Legislature Pays Tribute to Howell, Marcham

 

phillishowell 120Phyllis HowellThe Tompkins County Legislature observed a minute of silence Tuesday for two long-time public servants through the Tompkins County Board of Representatives—now known as the Tompkins County Legislature—who passed away this month.  Former County Representative John Marcham served nearly ten years on the Legislature—as 5th Ward rep from 1968-1973 and as 4th ward rep from May 1978 to the end of 1981.  Phyllis Howell was, first, Clerk of the Tompkins County Board of Supervisors, then the Board of Representatives from its inception in 1970 to the end of May 1991, serving the County in those positions for 25 years.  Legislature Chair Mike Lane described Clerk Howell as “legendary” and Mr. Marcham as “a really remarkable person,” who continued to be heavily interested and involved in this community long after he left the Board of Representatives.

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Conservation Easement On Lansing Property Protects Watershed

Dec192014
k-l 120The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced Monday that it has accepted a donation of a conservation easement on 46 hillside acres overlooking Cayuga Lake from Mike and Carrie Koplinka-Loehr.
 
Conservation easements are legal agreements that limit future development while allowing land to remain in private ownership and on the tax rolls. Landowners who donate conservation easements may be eligible for both state and federal tax benefits.

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Navy Petty Officer Benjamin Stanley On The USS Cole

Dec192014
bstanleyMediterranean Sea -- Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Benjamin Stanley, from Cortland, NY, increases engine throttles to flank speed aboard USS Cole (DDG 67) while operating at sea Dec. 16, 2014. Cole, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman/Released)


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PRI and Cayuga Nature Center Awarded $1.46 Million

Dec192014
museumoftheearthThe Paleontological Research Institution has been awarded $1.46 million in funds from the 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards. The funds will be used to complete and expand on the extensive renovations of the Cayuga Nature Center.

"This represents a major step forward in completing what we've promised to the community," says Warren Allmon, Director of PRI. The Cayuga Nature Center has long been a favorite attraction for children and families in the region, and since officially merging with PRI, in January of 2013, there has been a move to rehabilitate the grounds and exhibits and turn it into a year round venue serving and educating local families and visiting tourists about the Cayuga Lake Basins past, present, and future.

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CBP Launches Border Wait Time App

Dec192014

CBP Launches Border Wait Time App

 

homelandsecurity 120Washington, DC —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched the Border Wait Time app Wednesday, making it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry allowing travelers to make an informed decision of where and when to cross the border. Wait times for pedestrian and passenger and commercial vehicle crossings are broken down by lane type (standard, SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, Ready Lane, etc.). Travelers can download the app beginning today for free from Apple's App Store and Google Play.

"CBP continues to deploy technology that enhances the travel experience at all of our ports of entry," said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. "The launch of this app will provide travelers crossing the land border with more information where and when they need it."

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United Way Approves $57,940 For Local Programs

Dec192014

United Way Approves $57,940 For Local Programs

 

unitedwayThe United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) Board of Directors recently unanimously approved funding recommendations totaling $57,940 to support local health and human services and programs.  Elaine Quaroni and Scott Keenan, UWTC Community Investment Committee Co-Chairs and Board Members, presented funding recommendations to the Board of Directors for the Fall Hunger & Food Security Fund, totaling $30,940.

The members of the 2014 Youth and Philanthropy Council presented $25,000 in funding recommendations and Ithaca College Student United Way grant recommendations totaling $2,000 were also presented. Eight members of the Youth and Philanthropy Council, Hanalei Berg, Mackenzie Corcoran, Alison Holdsworth, Katelyn Hoy, Francesca Merrick,  Ilana Wallenstein, Savannah Wheaton, and Piers Whitaker presented the grant recommendations to the UWTC Board.

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Wells College To Host Aurora Farmer's Market

Dec192014

Wells College To Host Aurora Farmer's Market

 

wellsAurora, New York— While Wells' location on the shores of Cayuga Lake is ideal for students seeking an education away from the distraction of urban life, the Finger Lakes' natural setting is also known for numerous nearby vegetable and dairy farms, orchards, vineyards, and gardeners. "Aurora has a number of restaurants and ways to purchase prepared foods," said Marian Brown, Wells' director for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, "but the village doesn't offer easy access to many locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables for most of the year." In order to better connect the campus and surrounding community with these local foods, Marian recently helped secure a grant to fund a sustainable farmers market for the village of Aurora.

The market will be located near the Wells Boat House—a convenient walking distance from residence halls—and will provide students with access to delicious, locally grown produce at least once a week. Michelle Landers, Wells' Coordinator of Corporation and Foundation Relations, and Bonnie Bennett, the mayor of Aurora, were instrumental in supporting the effort. The funding for this grant was awarded by the Cayuga Health Association Fund, a component of the Cayuga Community Fund, which is an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

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Today's Green Minute

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Today's Green Minute

 

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

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Pet of the Week

by Ashley Fleming

cartercollagev2A donor has challenged us with a pledge of $1,000 if we find a good home for Carter before the end of the month! He has been in the shelter for 6 months and everyone here knows he deserves a wonderful home! Carter is an adult dog (BONUS! Already potty trained!) of moderate energy level. While he is content with long and quiet walks, he has been known to engage in raucously silly play sessions any time he's offered the opportunity (a fenced in yard would be wonderful, but is not a requirement for adoption). When walked by a handler with consistent expectations, his leash manners are wonderful for a dog his size. After a good romp, Carter craves nothing more than to flop on the nearest available lap and soak up as many tickles as scratches as possible.

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